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Canning again... blah blah

Added: Monday, February 11th 2019 at 7:42pm by maggiesnextphase
 
 
 

It's a blustery day here on the rainy west coast.  Our snow that was Predicted for the week was a no-show.  So... What To Do On A Dreary Afternoon?  Something In The Kitchen, Of Course!

 I tried canning hamburger soup this time.  My mother's recipe, and a family favorite.  For about an hour and a half I've been sitting here with one eye on the pressure gauge, and the other on my phone.   Finally I Can Turn the Heat Off!

I opened one of my squash jars this morning and made soup with it.  It turned out pretty good!  That is a huge relief, because I canned a LOT of it!  Don'task me why I feel like canning every other day.  I just do.

I think I'm going to need to get some shelving to put it on.  Even if we rearrange the pantry, at this rate, I'll be out of room again in no time.  

I remember Visiting a friend who had a special cabinet made for her jars and jars of food.   I was in awe.  Seeing all the fruits of her labor, and the pride ot gave her must have triggered something in me.  She's the one who taught me not just HOW to pressure  can,  but that it can be a fun and rewarding experience!

Still, other than a giant tuna batch, a lot of years went by without much canning Getting done.  That was mostly because of my hip.  Best thing I ever did was get a new one!  Life is good!

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I can remember homemade veggie soups as a kid that were canned. Homemade tomatoes, green beans, and so many more.

There is no better eating. So many people are deprived of these foods as it seems to be a thing of the past. It does take up time and it is some work , but the reward is worth it. 

I love Bread and Butter pickles. I have a great recipe for them and you can eat them in 3 hrs. but they go in the fridge, they arent really canned.

I have done some canning years ago, I am afraid of using the pressure cooker though. 

Can you post your recipe though for your soup??? Thanks in advance.

 

 

I would LOVE your recipe for bread and butter pickles!  Here's my basic recipe for hamburger soup.   Keep in mind, i usually don't measure anything, so these ingredients are aproximate, AND adjustable.

1 lb ground beef

1 small onion chopped 

1 cup chopped celery tops with leaves 

3-4 carrots cut into small rounds

5-6 potatoes (I prefer russets, un-peeled, but you can use any variety you like)

1-2 cans diced tomatoes ione of those cans can be sauce.  it depends on how tomatoey you like your soup)

1 tsp salt... or to taste

1 large bay leaf, Or Two Smaller Ones

I Use Dashes Of Dried Basil And Oregano, About 2 Tsps I Think.

Instructions 

Brown ground beef and onions and seasonings. After beef is cooked all the way through, add all other ingredients... plus enough water to make everything float.  Cook till potatoes and carrots are tender. 

Thanks so much maggie. Give me a few to locate that recipe. IT is so simple and so good, plus you have a big batch of pickles. Now remember, they are refrigerated not canned. 

I just LOVE  B&B pickles!  I don't know why I haven't tried to make my own.  I don't mind if they need to be refrigerated.  I like to eat them straight from the jar.  My husband doesn't particularly like pickles so I don't have to worry about doing that, since I'm the only one who eats them. 

I am the same way maggie. I do eat them right from the jar too. 

Ok, here is your recipe: 

3 hr. pickles

6 lbs cucumbers(It has been awhile since I have made this but it seems to me that I used about 5 or 6 cukes.

4 med. onions

4 cup sugar

4 cup white vinegar

1/2 cup salt

1 1/2 teas. ground turmeric

1 teas celery salt

1 teas mustard seed

slice cukes 1/4 in thick, slice onions 1/8 in thick, place in large NON Metal Bowl, Combine rest of ingredients, Pour over cukes. Stir for 5 mins. cover, fridge 3 hrs, Store in fridge for up until 3 months, stirring . 

Yields 2/1/2 gts. 

Serves 40

I store mine in fridge in a big glass pickle jar with a lid on them. I save those big jars for these recipes. I have made these and given them to my friends. 

Oh, thank you for this recipe!  I will definitely try it!

You are welcome. I think this is actually cheaper than buying jars from the grocery store.

My daughter gave me this recipe a few years back. I was making them all of the time, but have slacked off through the years. 

I’ll try this too only I will have to use Splenda or stevia. Thank you for sharing.

You are welcome. 

Canning hamburger soup and tuna just doesn't sound good for some reason...LOL

Lol.  If you have ever seen home canned tuna you would be even LESS enthused.  However, the flavor and texture is so amazing that you will never want to buy Starkist again!  As for the soup, this is my first time trying it, so I can't vouch for it... YET.  I do know that my chili came out as good if not better than store chili, and there was NO MYSTERY MEAT in it!

You can get a shelf with multiple levels at Home Depot. They look very utilitarian, but they get the job done and they don't cost much.

I will look next time I'm there.  And of course I'll also be checking out all the thrift stores. 

Waste not, want not ... if you got it, can it ... that was my family's way when I was growing up in the high rockies. 

It's a great way to avoid waste!  And to take advantage of sales or garden abundance.  I don't know why I haven't been doing this all along. 

Canning soup is so good. Its like eating it freshly made, yum!

That's what I'm hoping for!  I'm still new to it... so I haven't gotten to try it for myself. 

I learned to can at age 50 the last time I lived in western NY.  I loved it!

We made tomato sauce and bread and butter pickles.  I was surprised at just how easy it was ... once you know how to do it!  lol  No pressure cooking was involved, though.  And I haven't done it again since! 

One funny note:  I had never cared for bread and butter pickles ... until I made them myself!  Imagine that.  

Your efforts sound awesome.  And I betcha when the robot apocalypse comes down, we will all wish we knew how to grow and can our own food. 

(And the amount of bacon crumbs in my laptop keyboard tells me all I need to know about whether or not robots eat people food.)  {#apprehensive.gif} 

BACON.

:)

I will fight to the death for bacon ... and chocolate ... and wine ... and cheese ... and ice cream ...

Hahaha!  You crack me up!

I do a lot of dehydrating and that has worked great for me. When I get the veggies I want for a soup, I put them in a jar and vaccuum seal them. When it is time for a soup, I grab my mix and add broth and then our home grown beef and yum! 

I'm not yet into pressure canning. My grandmother had one go boom when I was a kid and so I have a big fear of them!

 

I'm scared of 'em too.

I used to be afraid of them too!  Hubby remembers hearing that BOOM from the neighbor's house.  The newer canners have safety features that allow for pressure to be released before it gets to that point.  Also, if you're doing it right, you will be watching it carefully anyway, so as to maintain optimal pressure.  

That being said, I loveddehydrating foods!  I did a lot of it in California.  My dehydrator cord melted... probably from overuse, lol.

I used to be afraid.  Not anymore.  Safety features, videos, and vigilance make BOOMS very unlikely. 

Hrrrm, I smoke too much cannabis to be 'vigilant' about much of anything anymore, lol.

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Lol!

Startin' to feel a little vigilant about breakfast though...bacon?

I'll be right over!  Oh wait... I haven't gotten my plane ticket yet!

Are you bringing bacon?

If I had bacon right now i'd be eating it, lol.

Btw..

 I've heard you can CAN bacon!

I'd be eating more than that made its way to the can, lol.

I haven't tried it.  I can just imagine cooking it in the middle of a zombie apocalypse.  There's no hiding that aroma!

If you're running out of space, why don't you have your husband build you some shelves down in the cellar? 

We don't have a cellar, but we do have a room that is not being used.  I am thinking of turning it into my food storage room. Hubby doesn't usually build stuff, but I will keep my eyes open for shelving at the thrift store. 

That sounds like the place. You do know, don't you, that you can put up some simple shelves that don't require a carpenter's skill? There are these metal strips you screw onto your wall (you can buy them at most building supply stores e.g. Lowe's or Home Depot), then you attach these metal braces into the strips and lay boards on top of them. I used those in my toy room for my doll collection. And if you can't afford boards you can have a sheet of plywood cut into board-sized strips and use them instead. That's what I did. Just make sure you put up enough strips and braces so they don't bow with the weight of the jars or whatever. 

You better make sure you nail those strips to a stud if you're going to put anything heavy on those walls, Amala.  It could be hazardous to your health not to.

I have beadboard paneling in the room I'd like to store them.  It's the one we spent painting, so I don't want to screw anything into it.  Otherwise, that's a great idea!  

Imperatrix -- There's no worry about finding a stud in my house. The whole damn place is boards nailed to studs all the way through. In fact, you can't put a nail in the wall anywhere without finding a solid piece of wood behind it. And since it's "double planked," that includes both sides of a wall. 

Cool beans!  My house is made of cardboard with aluminum sheeting, lol, can't hang squat.

Canning is soon to be a lost art if soeone does not keep doing it. My family canned yet I do not

I think it's kind of like knitting... just when you think nobody does that anymore, you find out that a LOT of younger people are reviving the practice.  I was surprised by how many YouTube videos are made by younger women with families. 

Do you hire out? Would you like to can in the middle of British Columbia? Come for a visit. LOL

Might take you up on that!  I love that area!

I have no place to store the jars so I put stuff in containers and they go in the freezer. 

That's a good way to store stuff too!  Our freezer is so s.all, I can never find what I have stored there.

Nothing wrong with canning. Idle hands bein' the devil's workshop and all that...{#basic-cool.gif}

Can't have that!

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